According to Radio Aire new proposals are to be fully announced next week for a new Ice Rink to be located at Elland Road.
Like Leeds No1 I would prefer it if it was closer to the city centre imo and I wonder what made Planet Ice choose Elland Road over say Birstall Retail Park or near XScape in Castleford and could this affect the future viability of the Ice Cube in Millennium Square? At least it should at least be some sort of development to occur in this end of town and what is this western loop road?'SELBY is in a two-horse race with Leeds to get an ice rink built in the town.
Representatives of Planet Ice and Silver Blades, which operates ice rinks throughout the country, met Selby Council leader Mark Crane to discuss any development. It was initially feared that Planet Ice would put the plans on hold because of the economic situation, but Coun Crane said the company was still keen for a rink to be built. But it revealed that the company is also looking at Leeds as a possible site and has said it is only going to build one rink.
Coun Crane said: “We had a positive meeting and the company are looking at a site in Selby but are also interested in Leeds. But they won’t be going for both, so our job is to suggest a location to them which would be available.”
Coun Crane said the council did have a location in mind, although he would not reveal where it was. However, he did say it was in the town centre.
Another meeting will now take place before Christmas, hopefully in the next two weeks, when the size of the site and what Planet Ice’s requirements for it are, will be discussed.
Coun Crane said: “I was very pleasantly surprised in their positive attitude towards coming to Selby, but if we’re going to do it we need to get a move on.”
Currently, the closest ice rinks are in Doncaster and Hull. Both Leeds and York operate seasonal venues, although these are only open for a few weeks each year. Planet Ice and Silver Blades operate ice rinks across the country including at Altrincham, near Manchester, and Cannock, in Staffordshire; Basingstoke, in Hampshire; Cardiff; Coventry; Gosport, near Southampton; Hemel Hempstead, in Hertfordshire; the Isle of Wight; Milton Keynes; and Peterborough, in Cambridge-shire.'
Hopefully it will be expandable in the event that ice hockey takes off. There aren't that many teams getting 2,000 or more, even in the top flightI'm surprised they're only looking at 2k seats if they want an ice hockey team or other spectator events. I know it isn't a hugely supported sport but I'd have thought maybe 4-5k. Still, I suppose Planet Ice know their own business.
I imagine it would be expandable as it is a possibility that ice hockey does take off in the city (e.g. good rivalries should start with Hull and Sheffield). IIRC Nottingham, Belfast, Coventry, Sheffield and maybe Newcastle all have average attendances above 2,000 with 2 or 3 above 4,000.Hopefully it will be expandable in the event that ice hockey takes off. There aren't that many teams getting 2,000 or more, even in the top flight
Hull only play in a 2,000 capacity venue, and that doubles as an arena for the city and has hosted the Killers, Morrisey, Keane etc.
I am glad, the last reason to venture into Bradford will soon be gone. I am not 100% sure but the rink appears not to have changed since my debut there in 1977. It is a dump.Leeds is getting an ice rink?! I'm devasted. The ice rink and the imax is the only thing Bradford has that Leeds hasn't.
LN1,I think the council should be doing more to encourage better use of existing destinations. Why not recommend the ice rink proposal is moved to a site near Clarence Dock, or HUV so that they are succesful. It's better to make a success of what we have first before trying to create new destinations like Elland Road.
I can't understand why you keep banging on about ice hockey, the game sucks. It will never take off in this county or this country. If you want to watch it bugger off to Cardiff or Nottingham.I imagine it would be expandable as it is a possibility that ice hockey does take off in the city (e.g. good rivalries should start with Hull and Sheffield). IIRC Nottingham, Belfast, Coventry, Sheffield and maybe Newcastle all have average attendances above 2,000 with 2 or 3 above 4,000.
Leeds' Elland Road ice rink plans approved
Published Date: 23 July 2009
PLANS to create an ice rink at Elland Road have received the full backing of senior councillors in Leeds. As reported in the YEP last week, the council has been approached by a firm wanting to build and operate a 2,000-seat rink in the city.
Details of the company involved are being kept secret - but the rink would be open to customers on a "pay as you skate" basis and would also have a resident ice-hockey team.
Senior councillors gave the go-ahead to the proposals, included in a report discussed at yesterday's meeting of the Executive Board.
The report reads: "The acting chief recreation officer is supportive of the company's proposal to locate an ice rink in Leeds, believing that this will fill one of the few remaining gaps in the city's sporting infrastructure, and be provided at no cost to the council."
However, some councillors expressed fears that the new venue would have a negative impact on the annual ice rink at Millennium Square.
But Coun Andrew Carter, executive member for city development, replied: "This is a massive opportunity for us. We've been approached by them (the firm] to come to our city and we should be seeking permanent facilities of this sort for the city of Leeds."